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Mikal: Spiritual/The Chant (Rido Remix)

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Feb 11 2013
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Artist: Mikal (@)
Title: Spiritual/The Chant (Rido Remix)
Format: 12"
Label: Utopia Music (@)
Rated: *****
Utopia Music label head Stephen Redmore aka Mako already mouthwatered all those who appreciated the gorgeous stuff by talented Swedish London-based dj and producer Mikael Willett aka Mikal by anticipating this release. On "Spiritual", Mikal's sound still has a strong connection with heavy stomper of his first years on the glorious imprint by Goldie and Kemistry&Storm, Metalheadz, but put the mallet he hit on red-hot iron on his previous "Headbanger" in order to temper the pitting with more pad-driven fluctuations so that getting closer to the sonorities of some previous tracks such as "Lifts Me Up" or "Distance", even if as it happened on thoe tunes, he doesn't opt some mind-blurring dirty spots and drilling metallic purulences out of his sound. A similar operation of chamferring has been made on "The Chant" by Czech producer and dj Pavel Ridosko aka Rido, who seems to apply some dynamics of the original track to the unhuman moan, which marked it, and lean towards more crackles and bumps instead of the "slide" of percussive elements on the grunt of low frequencies by Mikal. Two excellent assays of atmospheric ruggedness.

Bungle: Astral Travel/Aura

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Feb 11 2013
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Artist: Bungle (@)
Title: Astral Travel/Aura
Format: 12"
Label: Soul:R
Rated: *****
Another breach in the wall of hearts of drum'n'bass followers from Markus Intalex's Soul:R bears the name of the talented Brazilian musician Andre' Olivera Sobota, better known as Bungle, who doesn't goof up the beat on this lovely release in spite of his moniker. Mr.Intalex already played some stuff by Bungle on the occasion of some dj sets, but he preferred to use the utmost discretion about the author till now and he already announced a series of releases on his label by Andre'. The first track "Astral Travel" is pure bliss for lovers of airglowing stuff: after 40 seconds of routine maintenance of rocket engines, the listener gets pushed upwards by gild synths and aerostatic tunes, whose last descending triplet adds a certain sense of melancholy as well. During this ascension, which seems to be propelled by feverish tickling of astronomical clocks, just don't look down! The second track "Aura" sounds equally uplifting and breezy, but the feathered progression of rhythmical pattern with a stress on the eighth step could remind his Brazilian masters - he got ideally initiated to drum'n'bass by Dj Patife and he sometimes coupled the somewhat legendary Dj Marky -. A really good way to start 2013 for Soul:R.

Jojo Blue: First On Air

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Feb 08 2013
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Artist: Jojo Blue
Title: First On Air
Format: CD
Label: MENU (@)
Rated: *****
The hyperbolic ascending directrices that the sound by talented Slovakian producer Jozef Miklos aka Jojo Blue on his debut album, released by Czech label MENU, are clear since the introductive track "Hactba", where some seagull cries, a sort of fairy angelic choir and the sea breeze confuses with the enthralling suavity and the veiled melancholia of harp, strings and a bassoon by evoking a mysteriously holy and naturally mystical dimension, which he manages to integrate with his sampledelic dubstep and its possible variations over the album, even if the initial chod progression on that kind of organ which was widely used by garage-house producers on the following "Apocalypto" could mislead listeners before the heavy and skeletal step and the typically dubstep grinding bass burst into the sequence of instrumental sketches he progressively adds. Jojo Blue's skills in bouncing beats and samples (mainly extracts from movies, old songs and vocals under exstatic raptures) is quite evident since these first rushing beats but become clearer and clearer over the listening: the puffed dry beat of the catchy "Blue Down" got enhanced by dropping samples (particularly amazing that sort of banjo), which on the following "Jocker" have been used to make the portrait of a devilish jester; on "Anthem Of Science (for Lilien)" - maybe the best track on "First On Air" -, Jozef builds splashes of bubbly dub which sounds performed by researchers during laboratory tests, while he peppers the following "Cybersex" with sizzling computational fibrillations, which surface in the initial part of the following "Goral Cut" as well, where you could surmise he awoke some Carpathian female vampires and the mummy of some monk who conducted a Gregorian choir by means of some spell casted from the handbook of an unknown necromancer, before narcotizing them again for the definitive eternal sleep on the soulful "Fusion", where he seems to reprise some "vintage" sounds of the last 90ies. Even if some rhythmical patterns could be still improved and in spite of its nostalgic halo, Jojo Blue managed to suggest a possible way to the so-called and somewhat undefined post-dubstep. Have more than one listening.
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Artist: Yu-chi/Anata Wa Sukkari Tsukarete Shimai
Title: The Original Magnetic Light Parade
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Bearsuit records (@)
Rated: *****
"The Original Magnetic Light Parade" is a very nice sonic knick-knack from Scottish label Bearsuit with an heavy dosage of Japanese aesthetics. The first part of this split mini-album features the fuzzy dadaist electric folk Japanese multi-instrumentalist Yu-chi, whose sound smells of lovely rustic crispness and somewhat idyllic innocence: the opening with saddening strings on "Bustle, Conflict and Me" and the carillon of croaks, chatter, guitars and percussive splash-down, which manage to change the emotional set of the song till a sort of euphoric hebephrenia, the delicate melodic lines by plucked guitar with pitched chutes, which emphasize the reverie, and the following reprise on honky-tonk piano on "The First Star" and the amazingly childish "Toy Joy", whose amalgamation of accordions, barking dogs and clicks, reprised by the delicate final guitar phrasing, seems inspired by typical tunes coming from itinerant ice cream vendors' vans or circus tents, could let listener think about a sort of nostalgic recollection, as it seems to be partially mirrored by the self-introduction by his own words, according to which he was "brought up listening to the music of Bach, Chopin & Debussy. I bought up my first guitar in junior high. After many family illnesses I gave up my education in other to return to the farmwork I grew up with in order to support my family". On the second part of this magnetic mini-album, there are three interesting remixes of tracks by the international file sharing band/collective Anata Wa Sukkari Tsukarete Shimai (Japanese expression meaning "you are completely tired") by _ (Japan), Gnomefoam (England) and Bunny (Scotland), which explore different stylistical grounds: the lovely remix of Cataract by Gluid (Netherlands) tacks towards an entrancing mellow downbeat whose despondent mood and contemplative halo loom nearby the borderline of musical territories with garrisons by Radiohead, Blue Foundation or Future 3, while the remix of "Lost in the forest of blank sportswear" by Scottish producer Jim Child could resemble to some dozily hallucinated stuff by Mum wrapped in scorched tapes and encircled by buzzing insects, which precedes the final disquieting remix of "My Drive" by Rune Martinsen (Norway), whose insertion of recordings from news report and radio broadcasts, lopsided guitars and disturbing noises emphasizes the sinister and mysterious atmosphere evoked by the monotonous repetition of the sentence "nobody knows it". I'm not sure if this release is available on vinyl or cd yet, but I'm sure you can find it as a digital release on most notorious providers (Amazon, I-Tunes, Spotify and so on).

VV.AA.: Rise of the Under Dogs vol.1

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Jan 30 2013
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Rise of the Under Dogs vol.1
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: IM:Ltd (@)
Distributor: Triple Vision
Rated: *****
Parisian label IM:Ltd by dj, producer and graphic designer Caine has been one of the most wondrous and stylistically labyrinthine of the scene in the last years, so that a retrospective compilation which could furnish an immediate and concise proof of such a strain on sound machines cannot but suit to a T. All ten tracks, which have been included in this selection, make a good impression and encompass the wide stylistical range IM:Ltd's trying to thrust. From the initial glitchy and somewhat sinister witchcraft by young Polish dnb producer Mortem on "Whispers" to the final aerostatic lyrical "Above The Clouds" by Glen E.Ston, an array of pleasures will delight listener's cochleas: the beeping computational arcane sonoritires of Belgian producer Meersman Olivier aka Atmospherix on "CPU", remarkably edgy shots of "Elektronic Angels" by talented producer Alex Judd aka Soul Intent, the amazing crossbreed of glitchy clicks and wicked bass of "Surrealism" (already a classic!) by Italian Arp Xp, the catchy bonebreaking flows of "Monopole" by London-based trio Future Signal, the crisp blown claps and beats of "Sabbah" by Hibea, the flying kicks of kung-fu inspired "Travelling Man" by Mad Rabbit, the melancholic blurred shades by Hobzee & Zyon Base on "Black & White Movie" and the demimonde waxed song "Universe" by Gunston. "Rise of The Under Dogs" includes so many palatable tunes that you cannot hope the label will keep on paving its way.


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